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Boys Basketball Preview


 

Chargers Look to Flip the Script in 14-15

The Creative Technologies Academy boys basketball team had a few highlight moments during last year’s basketball campaign, but unfortunately were unable to come up with any victories. This year, the players and coaches are confident that a young Chargers team can turn it around.

Led by second year head coach Scott Bultman, the Chargers have gained a year of experience playing with each other, and are looking for quite a few victories on the scoreboard this season. Senior and team co-captain Preston Hawkins likes what he has seen in his team this preseason. “I believe our team is a lot better than last year” Said Hawkins. “We are much deeper than we were. I expect us to win at least half of our games this season.”

Joining Hawkins as the only other upperclassmen on the Charger roster is the other co-captain, senior Hunter George, senior Logan Ogden, and junior Nate Marble. Although young, the Chargers have many younger players who earned valuable experience from playing on the team last year. CTA has two very athletic wings who are poised for great things this year in sophomore Brandon Beck and freshman Dawson Armstrong. Armstrong sees a couple of keys for his team to have a successful season. “In practice we are doing a much better job of minimizing turnovers and we are being much more patient offensively, which will help us during the season.”

A couple of other returning players who are expected to see a lot of minutes this year are freshman James Hofstra, and sophomores Logan Colter and Bailey Hawkins. Hofstra will be stepping into the starting point guard role this season. “It is very important that we are unselfish as a team this season” said Hofstra. “We have been working a lot on our team chemistry, and are moving the ball very well.”

Sophomore Tim DeVries, who is in his first year at Creative Technologies Academy, likes what he has seen in the team so far. “There is a lot more talent here than where I had played before. We work very hard defensively, and coach Bultman makes sure we are very well conditioned.”

Rounding up the roster for the Chargers are sophomores Jackson Bowers and Jared Bouma, eighth grader Charles Wortz, and seventh graders Luke Hubbard and Collin Bishop.

The Chargers have a 16 game schedule this season, and begin the season Tuesday, December 16, at the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science. Best of luck this season to Coach Bultman and the Chargers of Creative Technologies Academy.

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Lady Chargers Excited for new start in 2014-15


 

In a season full of new faces, the Creative Technologies Academy Lady Chargers basketball team is prepared to take the court and get back to business.  Led by first year head coaches Gerry Verwey and Danielle Davies, the Chargers will look much different from a year ago. Gone are five seniors and one foreign exchange student, but a few familiar faces still remain.

The CTA Lady Chargers are led this year by their two senior co-captains Olivia Wortz and Hannah Hubbard. Both have been four year varsity players, and have improved both their basketball and their leadership skills in the offseason.

“This year, we expect to be great defensively,” said Hubbard. “We are very active with our hands and feet, and we are much better in terms of defensive communication this year.”

Joining Wortz and Hubbard as returning players are Juniors Kaleigh Keech, Aubrey Slocum, and Annalise VanEnk, as well as Sophomores Holly Fahling and Vicky Hanes.

With only seven high school players on the team, Coach Verwey has had to look down to the middle school to fill out the rest of his roster. Eigth grader Brin Calkins, a returner from last year, is out for at least six weeks with a broken wrist. Fellow eigth grader Hayley Miller is in her first year of competitive basketball, and is joined by seventh graders Hannah Hofstra, Faith Watson, Annie Rabideau, and Taylor Stong.

“We have a great team full of hard workers” said VanEnk. “Our biggest focus right now is our team chemistry. With so many new players, we have a lot of work to do, and I think we have been doing a great job so far.”

The Lady Chargers begin their season Tuesday, December 16, at the West Michigan School of Environmental Science. Let another great season of Lady Charger basketball begin.

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Red Hawk boys basketball ends season at districts


Brad Brechting going for the shot.

Brad Brechting going for the shot.

By Kendra Coons 

The boys varsity basketball season has finally come to a close. The Red Hawks took on Sparta, and Forest Hills Northern last week. And on Monday, February 3, the Red Hawks played their first round of Districts against Rockford. Cedar Springs did defeat Sparta 58-42, but unfortunately lost to FHN 58-53 and lost in the first round of Districts against Rockford 59-55. The varsity team ended up 12-9 overall, and 6-4 in conference.

The Sparta game was held on Tuesday, February 25. In the first half, the Spartans scored a total of 24 points, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Red Hawks and they scored a total of 30 points. In the second half, the Spartans scored 18 more points to bring their score to 42. The Red Hawks scored 28 more points making the final score 58-42, with the Red Hawks taking home the win.

“We played a much better second half in which we got back to some things that had been successful for us earlier in the season,” commented head Coach Jeff Patin.

During the Sparta game, sophomore Taylor VanDyke and junior Brad Brechting led the team in total points coming in at 12 each. Senior Mitchell Kooiman also scored for the Red Hawks scoring a total of 8 points for the game. Seniors Aaron Mabie and senior Dakota Bekins also contributed with 5 points.

“It was a good road win for us in the last week of the season,” stated Coach Patin.

On Thursday February 27, the Red Hawks played their last conference game of the season against Forest Hills Northern.

In the first half, the Huskies had a lead of 28-21 over the Red Hawks. In the second half, Cedar Springs tried to fight back and scored 30 more points, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead away from the Huskies, who scored 32 points to take home the win 58-53.

“This game was a physical battle from start to finish. It came down to a couple of possessions and unfortunately we didn’t come out on top,” explained Coach Patin.

Junior Brad Brechting scored a total of 21 points for the Red Hawks. Also scoring for the Red Hawks was senior David Kearney with 6 points, sophomore Taylor VanDyke, senior Cameron Link, and senior Kyler Marble each also scored 5 points.

“In any game you play, you want to give yourself a chance at winning. We had opportunities to win, but it just didn’t work out for us,” said Coach Patin.

Also this week, Monday February 3, the boys had their first round of districts against Rockford. The loss against Rockford concludes the season for the Red Hawks. It was a very close game, but the Red Hawks were defeated 59-55.

In the first half, the Rams of Rockford led Cedar Springs into halftime with the score being 36-25. The Red Hawks came back out after halftime trying to fight back, but came up short, scoring 30 more points while Rockford scored 23. Rockford is now advancing to the second round of Districts.

“We talked before the game about leaving everything out on the court and having no regrets. I feel we did that. We fought hard throughout the whole game and just came up short,” stated Coach Patin.

Junior Brad Brecthing led Cedar Springs in points with a total of 33 for the game. Senior Cameron Link also scored for the Red Hawks with a total of 12 points. Senior Dakota Bekins and senior Austin Hilyer also contributed by Bekins scoring 5 points and Hilyer scoring 4.

The community of Cedar Springs would like to congratulate the boys on such a fantastic season.

“Like almost all seasons, this one had its ups and downs as far as wins and losses. One constant was the effort these 14 guys gave every day. The weather this winter brought its scheduling challenges and really disrupted any type of rhythm we could get into, but it was like that for everybody this year,” stated Coach Patin.

Especially, congratulations to the seniors for all of their hard work they have put into the basketball program for the past 4 years.

Coach Patin concluded, “The hardest part of every season is knowing that you won’t have your seniors anymore. We will be graduating 9 this year, and they will be greatly missed.”

 

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Red Hawks take down Northview, fall to West Catholic


Senior Cameron Link scored 22 points for the Red Hawks in their win against Northview last Friday, January 31.

Senior Cameron Link scored 22 points for the Red Hawks in their win against Northview last Friday, January 31.

By Kendra Coons 

 

The varsity boys basketball team conquered their ninth win on Friday, January 31. The Red Hawks defeated the Wildcats of Northview High School 66-49. This win brought their record to 9-1.

“It felt good to play a very good second half against a good team and to come out with a win,” commented head Coach Jeff Patin.

In the first quarter, Cedar Springs scored 10 points. Northview was just behind them coming in at a total of 7 points. In the second quarter, Northview came back and scored 20 points while Cedar Springs scored 9. The score was 27-19 with Northview leading going into halftime. The Red Hawks came back out after halftime and scored 24 more points taking back the lead. The Wildcats scored a total of 9 points in the 3rd quarter making the score 43-36 at the end with the Red Hawks in the lead. In the fourth quarter, Cedar Springs lengthened their lead by adding 23 more points to their score, while Northview added on 13. This made the final score 66-49 with Cedar Springs taking home the win.

“I was very pleased, in general, at how well we shared the ball and found the open man in the second half,” stated Coach Patin.

Senior Cameron Link scored 22 points for the Red Hawks. Coming in close behind Link was senior David Kearney with 17 points, and Junior Brad Brechting also contributed to the Red Hawks score by adding on 14 points.

“I told [the team] I was proud of their effort, as a group, especially in the second half when we had to come back from an 8 point halftime deficit,” explained Coach Patin.

The varsity boys play the Wildcats again, on Friday, February 21, but this time at Northview. It should be a fantastic match-up once again. “We will play [Northview] again, at their place, and it should be a good game,” remarked Patin.

After Friday’s game, the varsity Red Hawk boys took on the Falcons of West Catholic on Saturday, February 1.

In the first quarter, Cedar Springs scored 6 points, while West Catholic scored 8. In the second quarter, West Catholic scored 3 points and Cedar Springs came back and scored a whopping 12 points to take the lead 18-11 going into halftime. After halftime, West Catholic came back and scored 19 points and Cedar Springs only scored 8. West Catholic had taken back the lead. At the end of the third quarter the score was 30-26 in favor of the Falcons. In the fourth quarter the Red Hawks came fighting back and scored 17 points, but the Falcons were just a step ahead of them and scored 16 which kept their lead. The final score of the game was 46-43, with West Catholic defeating the Red Hawks by only 3 points. The loss brings Cedar Springs’ record to 9-2.

“We had a hard time of matching the energy of West Catholic. Friday’s game took a lot out of us physically and emotionally, and I thought that fatigue showed,” said Coach Patin.

Junior Brad Brechting and senior Cameron Link led the Red Hawks in the team’s points. Brechting scored 19 points for the Red Hawks and Link scored 14. Austin Hilyer, Aaron Mabie and Taylor Vandyke also contributed to the Red Hawks score. For West Catholic, Travis Russel, Jason McDonough, and Donovan Carpenter scored a combined total of 35 points for the Falcons.

“We feel like we let one slip away, but the nice part about conference games is that we get another chance to play them,” stated Coach Patin.

The boys varsity basketball team’s next game is Friday, February 7 against Forest Hills Eastern. The game is located in the Red Hawk’s gymnasium and Cedar Springs is looking for their 10th win. Tip off is at 7:30 p.m. so please be there to cheer on your Red Hawks!

“We only have a couple of home games left, FHE being one of them,” noted Coach Patin. “We hope to protect our home floor the rest of the season.”

 

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Red Hawks lose to Panthers in overtime


Brad Brechting led the team in total points scored with 22 against Comstock Park. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

Brad Brechting led the team in total points scored with 22 against Comstock Park. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

By Kendra Coons

 

On Monday, January 20, 2014, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks varsity boys basketball team took on the Panthers of Comstock Park. Before this match-up both teams were undefeated and ranked in Western Michigan. It was a very close game between the two undefeated teams. There was a total of 11 lead changes throughout the game, but in the end, Comstock Park came out on top and beat Cedar Springs 73-69 in overtime.

“I felt we played at a high energy level from the start. The game was back and forth for a while and every possession required that level of energy,” said head Coach Jeff Patin.

In the first period, it was a tight race the whole time, but Comstock Park ended up leading the Red Hawks 14 to 12. The Red Hawks came back fighting hard after the first period and entered into halftime down 5 points. After halftime, the Red Hawks came back out focused and in the third period, the Hawks scored 19 more points to add on to the score. Comstock Park was still on top after they scored 21 points, making it 50-43 at the end of the third period.

The Red Hawks were not willing to give up and at the end of the fourth quarter the Hawks scored a total of 20 points while Comstock Park scored 13. At the end of the fourth quarter, the game was tied 63-63, sending it into overtime. The teams fought hard and the game went back and forth. In the end, Comstock Park scored 10 more points to clinch the victory, while Cedar Springs scored 6. The final score was 73-69 Panthers.

“Comstock Park is a very good team. When you play a team of that caliber every possession is important,” stated Coach Patin.

Cedar Springs’ own Brad Brechting led the team in total points scoring 22. He was 9 for 13 on his two point shots and 4 for 6 on his free throw shots. Cameron Link also came on strong totaling 15 points. Link was 3 for 8 on his 2-point shots and 6 for 9 on his free throws. David Kearney, Aaron Mabie and Nick Krajewski also contributed to the Red Hawks points by scoring some key baskets in the middle of the game. Kearney had a total of 12, and Mabie and Krajewski both came in with 6. Overall, Cedar Springs was 22 for 56 on their shooting. Their shooting percentage for the game ended at 39.3 percent.

Comstock Park’s Jake Bush and Matt Hurley both scored a total of 20 points for the Panthers. Drake Baar came in third in highest scoring for Comstock Park with 14 points. The Panthers beat the Red Hawks in their shooting percentage coming in at 42.9 percent.

The battle between the Panthers and Red Hawks was a hard fought match. The game ended was tied 8 times and the largest lead throughout the whole game was 10 points. After the loss, the Red Hawks record is now 8-1.

“We didn’t finish the game the way we would like to, so we are hoping to learn from that experience,” commented Coach Patin.

On Friday, January 24, the Red Hawks were scheduled to play the West Catholic Falcons. Due to the weather, the game was cancelled and rescheduled to Monday, January 27. Due to weather, the game was also cancelled again. It is now rescheduled to Saturday, February 1. The boys varsity game will be starting around 4:30 pm after the girl’s game. The varsity boys basketball team’s next game is scheduled for Friday, January 31 at Cedar Springs High School. The Red Hawks are matched up against the Wildcats of Northview High School. The Red Hawks are looking for their 9th win. So come on out and support the boys varsity basketball team! Tip-off is at 7:30 pm! Go Red Hawks!

“It should be a very good game,” noted Coach Patin. “Both teams have had some success in the early part of the season, so it should be fun.”

 

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CTA Boys battle, but fall to the Grizzlies of Grattan Academy


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In what has turned into a quite a rivalry over the years, the Chargers put forth their best effort of the year, but it wasn’t quite enough falling 52-46.  Some early misses coupled with some foul trouble to key players led to a slow start, but the Chargers fought through the adversity. “I thought the tempo change in the second quarter utilizing full court pressure and rotation of fresh bodies, coupled with depth, facilitated our comeback.  Our players are inexperienced but work hard in practice to learn their roles with our press and last night we saw some of the fruits from this labor,” explained Coach Bultman after the game.  Fighting is what they did, as they came all the way back and cut the lead to two points with a minute to go, but timely free throw shooting for the Grizzlies ultimately lead to the victory for Grattan.  “I feel we are on the brink of some really good basketball as we drastically reduced our unforced errors,” said Bultman. “With 7 players on the roster who have never played on a basketball team before, this season is a learning experience.  It is great to see the skills improve and see the players come together as a team.”

CTA received a strong game from Dylan Yarrington who led the way with 14 points, and only two turnovers.  Freshman Brandon Beck poured in a career high 15 points, and Derek Winters added 12 points while battling foul trouble. The Chargers have no games next week before they start a very busy stretch on January 28th when they battle the Quad City Mustangs.  The game will be played at the Fremont Rec Center and the game tips at 7:30.

 

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High School Special Olympics basketball team wins gold!


The High School Special Olympics Basketball Team, with eight students from Mr. White’s class, took first place at the State Unified Basketball Tournament. The students played two games and won both, with a score of 24-18 in the first and 32-30 in overtime in the second game. The students received gold medals at the medal ceremony.

Congratulations to the team!

 

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Red Hawks finish regular season with 16 – 4 record


The girls varsity hoops squad finished off their regular season with two games last week winning at Belding on Tuesday night, February 21, 64 to 36 but losing out to West Catholic on Friday, February 25, 46 to 32 in a game between the two best teams in the OK Blue conference.

Cedar enjoyed one of their best first quarter of the season putting up 23 points in the first stanza. Belding came out of the locker room hot, hitting their first four shots to take an early lead. But it was short lived, as the Red Hawks asserted themselves on defense and turned the game around quickly. By halftime, the team led the Redskins 32 to 14.

The second half was much of the same as Cedar stretched their lead to as many as 32 points to come away with the victory.

Rachael Ludtke was high scorer for the Red Hawks with 20 points hitting 8 of 10 from the field, Tiffany Karger followed with 14, and Molly Holtrop was is in double figures with 10. Chaya Coxon scored 7, Brittany Todd 6, Allie Veltkamp 6, and Abby VanDusen 1. Veltkamp led the team with 7 rebounds on the night.

On Friday night, the ladies of West Catholic came to town in a showdown for the OK Blue championship. It was a big game for both teams and both schools were well represented. West brought a big following and it was Red Hawks Kids Club night for the Cedar Springs elementary schools. What a great turn out for a big game.

West got off to an early lead going up 12 to 6 at the end of the first quarter, as the Red Hawks looked a little tight in the beginning of the game. West is a two-time league champion and played like they wanted their third straight. Cedar battled back scoring 12 points in the second quarter but trailed at the half 24 to 18.

The second half was a grind-it-out game, as the West controlled the ball well and ate up the clock. The Red Hawks were able to trim the lead to six points but would get no closer.  In the fourth quarter, with time running out, Cedar was forced to foul and West capitalized from the line to put the game away.

Tiffany Karger was high scorer for the Red Hawks, leading the way with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Chaya Coxon chipped in 5, as did Allie Veltkamp. Rachael Ludtke had 4; Hannah Wight had 4, and Molly Holtrop 2.

The girls went to districts on Monday night to face host Mona Shores. Pick up next week’s Post for all the details.

 

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Red Hawks win one, lose one in holiday tournament


Boys Varsity Basketball team: Row 1: Justin Hanes, Isaac Golczynski, Robert Klein, Jason Gingrich, Ryan Dines, Hank Porter, Trey Reed. Row 2: Assistant Coach Jimmy Booth, Kyle Longcore, Brandow Slater, Tyler Covell, Derek Ash, Marcus Walls, Mathias Mair, Cameron Link, Trevor Hill, Coach Andrew Secor.

The Cedar Springs basketball team participated in their annual Holiday Tournament last week.  Due to a power outage in the high school, the freshmen and JV played their games at the middle school and the varsity played at Kent City. The freshmen team advanced to the championship game by defeating Newaygo, but lost in overtime to Hastings in the final.  They JV team lost to Newaygo in their opener, but bounced back to defeat Hastings in the consolation game.
The varsity team lost their opening game to Newaygo by a score of 70-62. The Red Hawks held a 7-point lead at half, but great three-point shooting by the Lions led them to a 40-point second half.
In the consolation game, Cedar Springs jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead and led 34-26 at the half.  A 15-9 edge in the fourth quarter allowed to Red Hawks to finish with a 58-52 victory. The Red Hawks were paced by Ryan Dines and his 20 points, along with Jason Gingrich who added 14.
Coach Secor noted, “We were very disappointed with the way we defended against Newaygo. I was proud of the way we responded to adversity and were able to defeat a solid Kent City team on their home floor. However, if we are going to have any shot to compete in the OK Blue, we have numerous things to improve on and need to do so in a very quick manner.”
The Red Hawks now stand at 3-3 overall and 1-0 in the conference. Their next game is home, on Friday, January 6th, against Forest Hills Northern.

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Hawks win National AYBT championship


The winning AYBT team.

Our Cedar Hawks traveled to Fort Wayne, Indiana last week for the National AYBT (American Youth Basketball Tour) Tournament, from Wednesday July 20, through Saturday July 23. The team was comprised of freshman, sophomores and juniors from Cedar Springs High School. The Hawks took first place in Division III Girls 10th-11th grade, after winning their bracket games on Saturday. Their first match was against the Kalamazoo Storm, the Semi-Finals against Wyoming Park then a tough battle against the Spiece Gym Rats in the finals to take the National Championship 52 to 50.

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